RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes honored the captain of their only Stanley Cup championship team Friday night by retiring Rod Brind'Amour's jersey No. 17.
The Hurricanes paid tribute to Brind'Amour before their game against the Philadelphia Flyers by raising a banner bearing his name and number into the RBC Center rafters.
The banner-raising capped a moving 35-minute ceremony in which Brind'Amour thanked his teammates, coaches and fans, and called the number retirement "the ultimate honor" but said he's most proud of bringing the Cup to Raleigh in 2006.
Brind'Amour, a popular two-time Selke Trophy winner, played 21 seasons with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Carolina before moving into the Hurricanes' front office as their director of forwards development.